University student campaigner from Lampeter heads to Cornwall for G7 summit

Student campaigner from Wales heads to Cornwall for the G7 summit to call for a better deal for the world’s most vulnerable

 21-year-old Kezia Harrow, a climate campaigner from Lampeter, Wales will be heading to the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, along with 18 other climate campaigners, to put their concerns on major global issues to seven of the world’s most powerful leaders.

Studying International Development and Global Politics at the University Wales Trinity St David, Kezia is passionate about standing up and speaking out against injustice and says it’s important that charities and grassroots campaigners have a presence at the G7 Summit.

“Attending the G7 summit is an opportunity to create climate change accountability. Throughout this pandemic our government hasn’t always been held accountable, so we as people who are concerned about the climate need to use this summit to ensure that the UK stick to its climate promises and fully invests in a supportive global green recovery,” says Kezia.

Representing CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, the group of 18–32-year-olds from across England and Wales will be raising awareness on global issues – especially climate and debt cancellation – during their time in Cornwall from 10-13 June.

As the UK is host to the G7 and COP26 this year, CAFOD is urging leaders to support vulnerable nations by cancelling all debt payments owed by low-income countries so that they can recover and rebuild from the pandemic – including debts owed to private lenders.

The overseas development charity wants to see the world’s leaders provide support to these countries to tackle the immediate health crisis and poverty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. And, as the world begins to recover, it wants the leaders to pledge to build back better, tackling the other challenges that plague our common home, the pandemic of hunger, the pandemic of poverty and the pandemic of climate change.

“The pandemic has highlighted the injustices present in our world, society and humanity. This is a chance for us to learn from each other and to build back better, greener! We have a chance to make history, a chance to undo our mistakes and create a brighter, fairer and greener future,” says Kezia.

CAFOD’s head of campaigns, Aisha Dodwell says: “As leaders of the world’s most powerful nations gather in Cornwall to discuss the global recovery from the pandemic, CAFOD’s youth delegation will be there to campaign for a just global green recovery that includes all nations.

“Attending the G7 mobilisation will enable these young adults to put their Catholic faith into action and speak out in solidarity with the world’s poorest communities to ensure world leaders tackle the climate crisis and cancel debts for countries in the global south.

“The attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the deepening inequalities and ecological destruction of our common home and raise their voices against global injustice.”

 

Notes:

  • Please visit G7 Summit 2021: What is the G7, when is it meeting and where? | CAFOD for more information.
  • CAFOD supporters have a long history of campaigning ahead of (what were then) G8 meetings.
  • In 1998, thousands of Catholics called for leaders to ‘Drop the Debt’ of developing countries ahead of the G8 summit in Birmingham.
  • Seven years later, in 2005, CAFOD supporters took part in the Make Poverty History campaign that urged leaders to make global trade rules fairer, to provide more and better aid to developing countries and to cancel unfair debts.
  • CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and part of Caritas International. We reach out to people living in poverty with practical help, whatever their religion or culture. Help us build a world where no one is beyond reach of the love and care they need.

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